John Adams

1735 - 1826

A Quote by John Quincy Adams

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader"

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

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A Quote by John Adams on men, law, lawyers, congress, government, and fools

I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is called a disgrace, two useless men are called a law firm, and three or more become a Congress.

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

Source: attributed to one of America's founders, John Adams, in the play 1776

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A Quote by John

This is a revolution, dammit! We've got to offend somebody!

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

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A Quote by John Adams


"Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write." -John Adams


John Adams (1735 - 1826)

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A Quote by John Adams on ancestry, cruelty, earth, hell, and mankind

Set before us the conduct of our own British ancestors, who defended for us the inherent rights of mankind against foreign and domestic tyrants and usurpers, against arbitrary kings and cruel priests; in short against the gates of earth and hell.

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

Source: Dissertation on the Canon and the Feudal Law, 1765.

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A Quote by John Adams on existence, freedom, hope, laughter, people, thinking, and writing

When people talk of the freedom of writing, speaking or thinking I cannot choose but laugh. No such thing ever existed. No such thing now exists; but I hope it will exist. But it must be hundreds of years after you and I shall write and speak no more.

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

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A Quote by John Adams on confidence, congress, consequences, opportunity, time, and wisdom

I request that they may be considered in confidence, until the members of Congress are fully possessed of their contents, and shall have had opportunity to deliberate on the consequences of their publication; after which time, I submit them to your wisdom.

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

Source: message to both houses of Congress transmitting dispatches from France, April 3, 1798.—The Works of John Adams, ed. Charles Francis Adams, vol. 9, p. 158 (1854).

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A Quote by John Adams on abuse, grief, history, mankind, and thought

I almost shudder at the thought of alluding to the most fatal example of the abuses of grief which the history of mankind has preserved-the Cross. Consider what calamities that engine of grief has produced!

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

Source: On the Abuses of Grief. Letter to Jefferson, in Jefferson's Works, Vol. VII,

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A Quote by John Adams on conversation, country, death, determination, and survival

Mr. Adams, describing a conversation with Jonathan Sewall in 1774, says: "I answered that the die was now cast; I had passed the Rubicon. Swim or sink, live or die, survive or perish with my country was my unalterable determination."

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

Source: Webster's Works, vol. iv. p. 8.

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A Quote by John Adams on endurance, existence, learning, nations, proof, protestantism, and truth

The priesthood have, in all ancient nations, nearly monopolized learning. . . . And ever since the Reformation, when or where has existed a Protestant or dissenting sect who would tolerate A FREE INQUIRY? The blackest billingsgate, the most ungentlemanly insolence, the most yahooish brutality, is patiently endured, countenanced, propagated, and applauded. But touch a solemn truth in collision with a dogma of a sect, though capable of the clearest proof, and you will soon find you have disturbed a nest, and the hornets will swarm about your eyes and hand, and fly into your face and eyes.

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

Source: Letter to John Taylor, The Life and Works of John Adams, Boston, 1851, v. 6, p. 517.

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